So you just bought an MPK mini mkII. Now what?
The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed for the traveling musician and the desktop producer. If you just picked up on one of these handy controllers, you may be wondering: what do I do next? Look no further! This guide compiles all of the best articles and tutorials to help you get completely up and running, and take your productions to the next level.
- Getting started with the included software: MPC Essentials, Hybrid, and Wobble
- Mapping the pads with MPC Essentials and using samples
- Using multiple sounds or tracks in MPC Essentials
- DAW Setup
- The MPK Mini Editor - What it does and how to use it
- MPK mini mkII and MPC Essentials Training
- Additional Guides & Videos
- Further Technical Support
If you're new to the MPK mini mkII, the first thing you may want to do after opening your new keyboard is get started with all of the included software. To do this, simply create an account at AkaiPro.com and register your MPK mini mkII. After successfully registering your product, you'll find downloads and authorization codes for all of the included software and content.
For a complete walkthrough on setting up your MPK mini mkII with MPC Essentials, Hybrid, and Wobble, check out the guide below:
Important: You do not need to use your MPK mini mkII with MPC Essentials, and for a lot of our users, you may prefer not to!
MPC Essentials is an introductory software to MPC, with a focus on beat production. If that's not your thing, there are plenty of alternative software titles from a variety of developers that are free or inexpensive and may fit your needs a little better. Most will even come with a free trial and plenty of sounds and instruments so you can try before you buy!
If you're interested in expanding to a new DAW software, check out our section below on DAW Setup.
If you're using MPC Essentials with your MPK mini mkII, you're probably interested in using the pads to trigger samples. But, you may notice that the pads do not automatically trigger the corresponding pads in MPC Essentials.
To do this, all you'll need to do is install a preset onto your MPK Mini so the pads will send the right MIDI notes to hit the right triggers. The guide below walks through installing the MPC Essentials preset as well as how to download and use all of the included sample content provided in your akaipro.com account.
The MPC Essential's software is a one instrument DAW. This means you can only use one sound at a time when using MPC Essentials in a stand-alone mode.
However, with the use of another DAW, you can open multiple instances of MPC essentials as a plugin, expanding how many instruments you can open using the MPC Essentials. For a more detailed description and walkthrough, see the guide below.
Being that the MPK mini mkII is a midi controller, it can be used in virtually any DAW. If MPC Essentials isn't quite what you're looking for, there are plenty of free or inexpensive DAW and music creation software titles available from a variety of developers. We've put together several walkthrough guides to help you get started with some of the more popular software alternatives. Click the link for your DAW below, for a full setup walkthrough:
- UVI Workstation
- Ableton Live Lite (Part 1)
- FL Studio
- Presonus Studio One Prime
- Pro Tools First
Once you have set up your MPK mini mkII and MPC Essentials software in standalone or as a plug-in, you are ready to begin creating! For an introduction to the included MPC Essentials software, click the link below.
For an introduction and training to the included MPC Essentials software, check out some of our articles and videos below:
- Akai Pro MPK Mini and MPC Essentials Training
- MPC 101 - Common Terms Explained
- Akai Pro MPC Essentials - Creating and Using a Keygroup Program
- Akai Pro MPC Essentials - Using Multiple Instances Of The Plugin
- Akai Pro MPC Essentials - Exporting Basics
- Akai Pro MPC Essentials - Sample Editing Basics
- Akai Pro MPC Essentials - Sampling with MPC Essentials
Using the MPK mini Editor, you can map your pads to whatever function you want. In some cases, this can mean mapping the pads to line up with the pads on your screen. For a complete guide, please refer to the link provided below.
Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Pro product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the experienced Akai Pro technical support team is available to help! Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.